The numbers are already pretty staggering.  The Internet Archive has grown since its launch in 1996 to encompass more than three million daily users and over 300 billion bits of video, music, book content and more.

Now, thanks to a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the TV portion of this San Francisco-headquartered archive will be greatly expanding. From this morning’s announcement:

Available at no charge, the public can use the index of searchable text and short-streamed clips to explore TV news. In this way, they can discover important resources, better understand context, verify facts and share insights. The research service does not facilitate downloading, but individuals have the opportunity view whole programs at the Internet Archive’s library in San Francisco or borrow them on DVD-ROMs…

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